TEAM BASED MEDICAL CARE RISKS

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[By David Edward Marcinko MBBS MBA CMP™]

Redundancy occurs when more than one person (or committee) has the responsibility to make a decision or assume a task. Redundancy in a team based care model becomes a problem when it allows tasks to be overlooked or decisions to be avoided. This happens when a person or committee assumes that someone else with responsibility for the same task will make the necessary decisions. This can be due to a misunderstanding, or it can be due to an intentional dodging of the task or decision.

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Redundancy is best avoided by having only one person, lead physician or committee responsible for each task or decision. Since this is almost impossible in a hospital or large organization, there must be an unambiguous protocol for allocating tasks and decisions among the responsible personnel. The protocol must also establish a system for handling problems that the assigned personnel cannot solve.

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It is important that such problems be brought to the attention of a supervisor for reassignment to new personnel. Reassignment should not be done by first level personnel; reassignment at that level will make it impossible to prevent the dodging of unpleasant tasks.

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One Response

  1. More evidence?

    The sad direction of hospital care:

    http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2017/08/sad-direction-hospital-care.html

    Dr. David Marcinko MBA

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